Destiny 2 Coming to PC in September

While the very successful and critically claimed  Destiny from Halo’s Bungee studios was a console excursive, Destiny 2 is making it’s it way to PC this September with a simultaneous cross platform launch.

It is currently unclear if the MMO world player base will be separated by platform or if PC and console players will cohabitate the same servers.

Hopefully, as with the first release, Destiny 2 will have Australian (typically in Sydney) based servers for the region.

All we really have to go by at this point is a few leaked posters and an official announcement trailer.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop. We should get a better idea of system requirements and game-play features closer to launch and a beta will be open to those who pre-order.

As PC gamers it’s always good to be a little concerned with the quality of the ‘port’ of a console game as we’ve all seen instances of it going terribly wrong but coming from a studio with a stellar track record like Bungee we are  confident it will be just as good if not better than it’s console counterparts.

If your looking for a new gaming PC to make sure your ready to go come September, look no further an www.evatech.com.au and get free shipping for limited time only, Australia wide, simply by adding any custom PC to your cart.

Evatech, shipping Australia’s finest custom gaming PCs from Melbourne to Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and everywhere in between.

 

Evatech, Proudly Powering Australian Education.

Evatech has long been the solution that businesses, schools, universities, colleges, training institutions and professional contractors turn to when they need a custom solution that the ever the counter, over priced black boxes from folks like Apple, HP, Dell & Lenovo just aren’t up to the job.

We take pride in our flexibility, reliability and wealth of technical knowledge that gives us the ability to not only deliver the requirements but to work with customers to design the perfect solutions to fit their needs.

Here is just some of the ever growing list of institutions we’ve had the pleasure of supplying over the years.

  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Sydney
  • The Scots College
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Canberra
  • St Patrick College
  • Caulfield School of Information Technology
  • Swinburne University
  • LaTrobe University
  • Monash University
  • St Mark College
  • Melbourne School of Design
  • Chisholm College
  • Yarram College
  • University of New England, NSW
  • Victoria University
  • University of Southern Queensland

We stand behind each and every custom PC we’ve delivered throughout Australia knowing that they have been expertly assembled, setup and tested from the highest grade components.

If your in need of a custom PC solution, get in touch and join the long list of Australia’s finest that choose Evatech to power them in to tomorrow and beyond. Head on over to our store page at https://evatech.com.au and start customizing a build on line or click the contact button,  let us know your requirements and let our experts handle the rest.

GTX 1080 TI Benchmarks & Latest Nvidia Drivers Performance Boost

The GTX 1080 TI is here and it’s dam impressive!

The GTX 1080 TI is here and GTX 1080 and 1070 series cards have dropped! It’s never been a better time to buy as far as performance / dollar ratio goes and our friends over at TechPowerUp.com have done the tedious yet important job of bench-marking this new beast.

You’ll notice the Titan X Pascal in the benchmarks below which comes very close performance wise to the TI but remember, that’s card is almost double the price and was never official distributed in Australia.

First in to the ring is Battlefield 1, Ultra Settings @ 4K resolution (3840×2160).

Next up, again at highest possible settings and 4K resolution is GTA V.

And last but not least, Watch Dogs 2, highest settings and 4k resolution.

For more benchmarks including 1080P resolution tests and much more in depth analysis checkout TechPowerUp.com

Time to buy a GTX 1080 TI powered custom gaming PC?

Well you are in the right place. Head on over to our custom gaming PC builder page linked here and start putting together your next dream custom gaming PC rig today. We’ll do all the hard work of assembly, setup and burn in testing before having it delivered right to your door or if your a local Melbournite you can drop in and pick it up at our Oakleigh South store!

As you can imagine the first shipments are limited but  arriving often so get your pre-order in soon for ‘first in, first served’ allocation!

Good news if your already a GTX 1000 series owners.

Nvidia’s latest driver release (378.78) delivers Ansel support for Ghost Recon Wildlands, GTX 1080 TI support and a whole lot of DX12 performance improvements!

 

 

Battlefield 1 Official They Shall Not Pass Expansion Trailer

The first of 4 planned expansions to EA’s hugely popular Battlefield 1 is right around the corner.

Available March 14th, “They Shall Not Pass” introduces the French army as they defend their homeland on the western front. Four new maps, a new tank, a new elite class, a new stationary weapon and a new tank gun are also added to the fray to mix up the formula with a focus on close quarters combat.

A little later in the year but without a specific launch date announced just yet, In “The Name of the Tsar” is set to introduce the Russians on the freezing snow covered eastern front with “Turning Tides” and “Apocalypse” expansion packs to follow, each with more maps, classes and weapons.

We know there is mixed emotions about publishers like EA and Ubisoft’s post launch paid content updates and expansions. Many people think they are just trying to nickel and dime players with content that should have been in the original release. However considering the amount of content in each expansion and the original release, when it comes to Battlefield 1 and how many hours I already have and inevitably will continue to sink in to it, I personally feel the value proposition is pretty dam good.

Thinking of buying a new custom gaming PC to play Battlefield 1? Head on over to our custom PC builder where we have the hardware requirements built in to make it even that much easier!

GTX1080 TI, Now Available in Evatech Custom Gaming PCs

As of this afternoon, pre-orders for the upcoming, long awaited new flagship GTX 1080TI gaming video card are now available across the range of custom gaming PCs.

Get in quick as stock is severely limited and is strictly allocated on a first in first served basis. First shipments should land late next week with system builds beginning the moment the stock arrives.

The first few weeks will be limited to the founders editions provided by Nvidia with AIB partners like MSI, Gigabyte and Asus adding their custom designed coolers and PCBs to the mix roughly a month or so after the first cards land in Australia.

Nvidia boasts that this is the biggest and best TI release with the largest performance increase of any TI edition model in history (Up to 35%).

With 3584 cuda cores, 11GB of GDDR5X memory and 11Gbps throughput this is a beast of GPU by any measure and truly secures Nvidia’s place at the top of the GPU game for the near future.

Worth noting that Nvidia has also dropped the DVI cable support natively and while there are HDMI to DVI adapters, the card itself will only come with HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. However if your monitor doesn’t support HDMI or DisplayPort maybe a new monitor should be at the top of your shopping list instead of this card (which should be second).

So what are you waiting for, head on over to our store page and start customizing your next GTX 1080TI powered gaming PC today and be among the first in the world to bask in the glory of having the worlds fastest consumer gaming GPU on the market.

Evatech vs the Rest. Custom PC Retailers Compared

We (Evatech) was proudly one of the first Australian retailers to offer a fully featured website that put customers in control of their custom PC builds, while ensuring you don’t accidentally order a system that isn’t compatible. Over the years, we’ve heard from our customers that our website is the best experience they’ve found, and we thought we’d check out what the competition has to offer.

We were fairly surprised to see that nobody has caught up to us. Here at Evatech, since launching our custom PC builder, we’ve never stopped coming up with ways to make it better or easier to use. Yet our competition are still years behind, lacking even the most basic features.

  • Instant on page incompatibility checking on all major component combinations (tens of millions of possible combinations) !
  • On page PSU wattage requirement calculator, because higher wattage means nothing if your not using it!
  • Performance indicators for all the latest and greatest PC games so you know what to expect before you spend a dime.
  • Order tracking from the moment you checkout so you can check in on every state of the process from invoicing to building, testing, packing and dispatch.
  • A very clear yet comprehensive guide to putting together a well rounded custom gaming PC for those not so familiar with PC hardware, available to browse as you build.
  • The ability to save configurations indefinitely, re-edit them, share them with friends or family for advice and come back later when it’s most convenient for you.
  • A physical location in Melbourne where local customers can drop in and get real advise from the team who are happy to walk you through every step of the process and take the order right there over the counter.
  • Secure, well packaged and fully insured courier delivery. We’ve shipped tens of thousands of fragile high powered custom PCs nation wide and know how to do it right.

Let’s compare. Continue reading “Evatech vs the Rest. Custom PC Retailers Compared”

AMD Ryzen Custom PCs now available to Pre-Order, builds start March 3rd

With the long and much hyped lead up the release AMD’s latest chipset and CPU’s, we’ve field hundreds of customers questions with the same answer. “We don’t know yet, nothing is official, it’s all just rumours!”. Today, that has changed! AMD has lifted the vale (NDA), announced the release date and allowed its motherboard partners to release the details of their line ups.

Stock is due to land March 3rd and the our newest edition to the Evatech custom gaming PC line up is now available for pre-order in the form the Wraith.

At this point in time there is two motherboard chipsets to choose from, the X370 at the high end and the B350 for mid range. There is also only 3 different CPU’s to make decision making a little easier.

  • R7 1700, the entry level R7 model sports 8 cores and 16 threads like it’s bigger brothers but at a slightly lower clock speed and no build in precision auto overclocking features.
  • R7 1700X is the next step up with a boosted base clock speed and the addition of auto-overclocking.
  • R7 1800X, the top dog of the lot at the highest clock speed and presumably cherry picked from the manufacturing process for the best ‘overclockability’.

While performance per core means the Kaby Lake CPU’s might still be best overall consumer gaming option, Ryzen’s twice as many cores gives it a real leg up in heavily multi-threaded gaming (and non gaming).

For previous AMD owners who was left with a bad taste in their mouth after forking out for the FX 9XXX series CPUs riddled with heat and stability issues and underwhelming performance, Ryzen is definitely worth giving AMD a second chance. With these 8 core CPUs now on the same 14nm process as Kaby Lake and only having TDPs of just 95w we don’t anticipate any heat issues with it only being 4w higher than Intel’s quad core i7 range which are extremely heat efficient.

I’m sure benchmarks and videos from YouTube reviewers will be flooding the internet shortly but we can already confirm, AMD is back in the CPU game and Intel better watch out if it wants to keep it’s current dominant market share in the desktop CPU market.

So what are you waiting for ? Jump on to our store website at www.evatech.com.au and start customising the AMD Ryzen Wraith Custom Gaming PC today. Systems begin assembly when stock lands March 3rd, first in first served.

Civilization VI upcoming patch to add Australia

Yep, you read that right the first time. Civ 6 is getting an Australian ‘Civilization’. Prime minister John Curtain leads the nation who’s unique unit is the Digger, replacing the basic infantryman and receives a bonus when fighting outside it’s own territory.

Additional unique traits of the Australian Civ is added extra housing bonuses for coastal cities and a production bonus when other Civ’s declare war on it.

For more details checkout the first look video below.

Australia is getting introduced in the next content update to Civilization 6 expected to land in the next few weeks, yet no official release date has been announced.

To get started customizing a gaming PC for Civilization 6 checkout our game library page.

Welcome back Thermaltake with the Versa & View series Cases

After a short absence from our catalog Thermaltake is back with 5 new cases available in our online custom PC builder, Level 10 gaming Headsets and Poseidon Z RGB mechanical keyboards and Level 10 mouse.

Joining the line up is also Thermaltake RGB power supplies, 80+ Gold rating with gorgeous Riing fans providing cooling and RGB illumination within. Why? Well why not, if RGB is your thing, too much is never enough.

Established in 1999, Thermaltake has long been a well respected world wide brand of cases, fans and coolers. Their latest line of products are not only great looking but offer some really hard to beat value for the money. Solid construction, plenty of features, great designs and very competitive pricing makes the Thermaltake line up not only unique in many ways but a great choice for a lot of gamers and PC builders alike.

To checkout the full range of Thermaltake products click (here) of better yet, start building your next gaming PC in one of these spectacular Thermaltake cases in our online custom gaming PC builder store page here.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and explore our website for great guides, how to’s, build logs with plenty of photos of our previous builds and keep up to date with our news blog for all the latest gaming PC and hardware news!

Intel’s 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) now available in all Evatech custom gaming PCs

For a few weeks now, the phasing out of the previous generation Skylake series motherboards and CPUs has been taking place as the Kaby lake equivalents have taken over.

The full range of 7000 series model i3, i5 and i7 series Kaby Lake CPUs are now exclusively available and to pair, the latest generation Z270, H270 and B250 series motherboards.

The full Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPU Line Up

  • i7 7700K Quad Core 4.5GHz  – 8 Threads (Overclockable on Z270 Boards)
  • i7 7700 Quad Core 4.2GHz  – 8 Threads
  • i5 7600K Quad Core 4.2GHz – 4 Threads (Overclockable on Z270 Boards)
  • i5 7600 Quad Core 4.1GHz – 4 Threads
  • i5 7500 Quad Core 3.8GHz – 4 Threads
  • i5 7400 Quad Core 3.5GHz – 4 Threads
  • i3 7100 Dual Core 3.9GHz – 4 Threads
  • Pentium G4560 Dual Core 3.5GHz – 4 Threads

The new chipsets offer increased number of PCI-E lanes and m.2 SSD support along with native Kaby Lake CPU support, bold new aesthetic designs and a load of overall small improvements  behind the scenes for an even more rock solid user experience.

While the impacts on gaming performance are non extreme over the previous generation, it is measurable and most importantly, pricing has stabilized making the equivalent Kaby lake models on par with their discontinued predecessors which are almost completely sold out across all retailers.

So what Kaby Lake CPU should I use in my gaming PC build?

Of course it depends on your budget and the types of games you play, but for this particular recommendation lets make a couple of assumptions.

  1. You want to play any and all new release games for the foreseeable future on high settings at a smooth frame rate.
  2. You want the best value for money option, not to pay a dis-proportionally higher amount for a relatively small performance difference.

If this sounds like what you’ve been thinking, then our recommendation would be the i5 7600K. Significantly cheaper than it’s i7 bigger brothers, it still delivers all the CPU throughput you need for any gaming title. While it only has half the cores of the the i7, it’s a sad fact that very few if any game engines actually utilize these additional codes in any meaningful way that improves overall gaming performance.

We have recommended the K model and not the vanilla i5 7600 as it comes with a slightly higher boost clock speed (nothing major) but most importantly, it’s overclockable. We don’t recommend overclocking unless you get to a stage where your unhappy with your gaming performance and the CPU is the bottleneck because it can introduce system instability and heat issues if not done properly, but leaving the the option open gives you some wriggle room in the future should you choose to crank up the clock speeds and squeeze a little more life out of your machine.

If you have a particular budget or a different use case and need more personalized recommendations don’t hesitate to contact us via email, our contact page, Facebook or by phone during business hours and our dedicated team will gladly assist!

Also worth remembering, and something we remind customers almost on a daily basis here at the Evatech offices, be sure to balance your CPU selection with your choice of graphics card (especially for gaming PCs)! Matching the wrong CPU and GPU will cause a bottleneck and the last thing you want is to lose potential performance you’ve already paid for.

To avoid bottle-necking in gaming we typically recommend;

  • SLI GTX 1070 or 1080 with an i7.
  • GTX 1070 or 1080 with to be paired with a high end i5 or any i7.
  • GTX 1060 with a mid to low end i5.
  • GTX 1050TI or lower with at least an i3.

So what’s next?

Get in touch if you have any questions or jump on our store page at www.evatech.com.au and start customizing your next Intel Kaby lake custom gaming PC today. With just a few clicks of a button, instant quotes, built in automatic compatibility checking, expert assembly and thorough burn in testing, it’s never been easier to yourself a custom built to order PC delivered anywhere in Australia.